Maria Tatar

 

Courses taught in 2011-2012


Fall 2011


*Freshman Seminar 49p. What If? Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the Literary Culture of Childhood
Catalog Number: 4622 Enrollment: Limited to 15.
Maria Tatar
Half course (fall term). Hours to be arranged.
Graham Greene once observed that nothing we read as adults can equal the "excitement and revelation" of the "first fourteen years". This seminar will explore the aesthetics and ethics of narratives written for children, with a focus on Lewis Carroll’s
Alice in Wonderland and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. We will branch out into other possible worlds constructed by authors of children’s books.
Note: Open to Freshmen only.


German 166. Storytelling Cultures: The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen
Catalog Number: 29423 Enrollment: Limited to 15.
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Half course (fall term). W., 4–6. EXAM GROUP: 9
Investigates the folk tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and the literary fairy tales and novellas of Hans Christian Andersen. We will consider the origins of the tales, analyze their staying power, and explore their global reach.
Note: Readings and discussion in English. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the Core area requirement for Literature and Arts A.


Spring 2012


Folklore and Mythology 90i (formerly Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 27). Fairy Tales and Fantasy Literature
Catalog Number: 4852 Enrollment: Limited to 12.
Maria Tatar
Half course (spring term). W. 4-6, and a weekly section to be arranged. EXAM GROUP: 9
With the so-called discovery or invention of childhood in the 16th and 17th centuries came a newfound emotional attachment, imaginative investment, and philosophical interest in the child. We explore literature for the child (
Alice in Wonderland) as well as literature about the child (Lolita) and investigate how childhood has been constructed, investigated, and represented. Analysis of works by Locke, Rousseau, and Freud, as well as Dickens, J. M. Barrie, Henry James, and Roald Dahl.
Note: This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for either Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or Culture and Belief, but not both. This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engages substantially with Study of the Past. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the Core area requirement for Literature and Arts A.


German 232. E.T.A. Hoffmann: Fairy Tales and Gothic Fictions - (New Course)
Catalog Number: 50076
Maria Tatar
Half course (spring term). Th., 6–8 p.m. EXAM GROUP: 18
Begins with oral storytelling traditions, then turns to Hoffmann’s fairy tales and novellas, as well as to the afterlife of those works in nineteenth-century fiction.